On the fourth anniversary of the first Covid lockdown, a new garden of remembrance is to be opened at an Ipswich town centre churchyard.

St Mary le Tower will unveil the new memorial spot on March 23.

The garden has been cultivated by residents and will also be complimented by a moveable memorial sculpture in the shape of a dove with a sprig of olive in its beak.

It is inspired by the hope of the receding pandemic, as well as the time many spent in their gardens during lockdown watching birds.

The sculpture is deliberately designed to be touched because of the lack of physical connection permitted during the pandemic.

The Reverend Tom Mumford said: "Though four years on, to many of us it feels like yesterday, and the effects of those months and years are still very real.

"The anniversary will provoke complex feelings."

During the opening ceremony of the garden, Reverend Tom Mumford will lead prayers, and a new hymn, before blessing the garden. It will then officially be opened by the Mayor of Ipswich, Lynne Mortimer.

All those who wish to attend may do so from 11am.